What is a dermatologist facial?

A dermatological facial is a skin treatment that is procured to reduce or resolve specific problems that affect the skin. For example, the patient may have a problem such as acne, sun damage, pigmentation problems or perioral dermatitis. These treatments, also called medical facials, are done by professional dermatologists.

Differences with the Normal Facial

There are several differences between spa-grade facials and dermatologist treatments. First, medical-grade facials are done by a dermatologist who uses medical-grade products. The spa treatment is performed by beauty professionals and uses over-the-counter products.

Second, the dermatologist examines the problems you have on the skin before coming up with a plan to deal with them. Therefore, the facial procedure will be customised according to the problem at hand.

This procedure is also more intense than a spa facial. The medical professional uses harder treatments on the skin. For example, you may undergo procedures such as microdermabrasion to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

You can also take a microcurrent treatment to firm the skin on your face or improve the tone of your muscles. Other procedures include tightening of the pores, extraction of comedones and removal of the smooth lines.

The Medical-grade Facial Process

The dermatological facial process starts with examining the face to determine the treatment that is ideal for the skin. Then, the dermatologist performs the facial. The process will include general spa-facial treatments such as exfoliation and cleansing before going to deeper treatments like intense pulsed light, extraction of comedones and microdermabrasion. You may have a few visits with the dermatologist to examine the success of the treatment.


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